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April 5 Marches and Protests Across the U.S. Demand:"Two Million, Too Many— Not 1 More Deportation!"
April 14, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
Thousands of people in more than 50 cities marched, rallied, held press conferences and vigils, launched hunger strikes, and acted in other ways to demand a stop to the massive deportation of immigrants. The day of action was timed to coincide with the two millionth deportation under Obama.

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High School Students Speak Out About Mass Deportations: "It's unfair, it's not right... it's wrong"
April 14, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us

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From Student Advocates for Higher Education SAHE
Three weeks ago hundreds of DREAMers and their parents turned themselves in to border enforcement, asking to be reunited with their families and seeking Political Asylum from the dangerous conditions in their birth countries...Sign the Petition to #BringAntoniaHome and stop her deportation here!


Reposted from Hunger Strike Solidarity

Emergency Response Alert: Stop Violations at Corcoran SHU!
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Reposted from Associated Press

Hourslong protest turns to 'mayhem' in Albuquerque 
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BREAKING: HUNGER STRIKES SPREAD TO TEXAS DETENTION CENTER - See more at: http://stopmassincarceration.net/content/breaking-hunger-strikes-spread-...

OUTERNATIONAL- Todos Somos Ilegales ft CALLE 13, TOM MORELLO, CHAD SMITH (We Are All Illegals)

BREAKING: HUNGER STRIKES SPREAD TO TEXAS DETENTION CENTER - See more at: http://stopmassincarceration.net/content/breaking-hunger-strikes-spread-...

Reposted from Reuters.com
Immigrant detainees resume hunger strike at Washington state facility  



(Photo: Hope Sanford)

Reposted from Common Dreams.org
From Within For-Profit 'Deportation Machine,' Hunger Strikes Spread
Hunger strike at Washington immigrant detention center run by notorious GEO Group spreads to Texas facility


Striking GA Prisoners Name Names, Allege Sexual Abuse, Ongoing Threats, Maltreatment by Staff

 Reposted from Black Agenda Report.com    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 18:04 — Bruce A. Dixon

March 13, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us

In the case of Marissa Alexander, a Black woman in the state of Florida, the system sentenced her to TWENTY years in prison. Her crime? Firing off a warning shot, which killed NO ONE, in order to stop the attack against her by her abusive and estranged husband, who had threatened to kill her earlier that day. Read More


Hunger Strike Spreads to Texas Detention Center
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BREAKING: HUNGER STRIKES SPREAD TO TEXAS DETENTION CENTER - See more at: http://stopmassincarceration.net/content/breaking-hunger-strikes-spread-...
BREAKING: HUNGER STRIKES SPREAD TO TEXAS DETENTION CENTER - See more at: http://stopmassincarceration.net/content/breaking-hunger-strikes-spread-...

Lawyer: Immigrant hunger strikers threatened with force-feeding

As strike enters sixth day, Washington state detainees report increased retalition
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New Revelations in 30,000 Strong Pelican Bay Hungerstrike
Former inmate Gregory Koger and Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Alexis Agathocleou discuss the progress since Pelican Bay hunger strike and the merits of solitary confinement as torture.


Hunger Strike in Tacoma Ice Detention Center


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Talks at the Schomburg: Racial History of the American Criminal Justice System
Streamed live on Feb 18, 2014

Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness in conversation with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America.


Stop Mass Incarceration Network on Jesse Jackson's TV program Upfront

 

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Brown University: Righteous Protest Shuts Down NYPD Head Raymond Kelly, Unapologetic Proponent of Stop-and-Frisk More


 The Stop Mass Incarceration Network welcomes back Gregory Koger who was just released from the Cook county system of injustice.  More


SMIN Press Conference Denouncing Federal Court Reversal on Stop-and-Frisk: Part 1

SMIN Press Conference Denouncing Federal Court Reversal on Stop-and-Frisk: Part 2


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Call Issued for Month of Resistance
to Mass Incarceration in October 2014
PLANS MADE BY ACTIVISTS GATHERED IN NYC TO SAY
NO MORE TO MASS INCARCERATION

2.2 million people in prison, more than 80,000 of them held in the torture of solitary confinement, more than 5 million formerly incarcerated people are denied basic rights even after they’ve served their sentences. All of this disproportionately targets Blacks and Latinas/os. When you add the families and communities of all these people, it amounts to tens of millions of people living their lives caught up in the criminal “injustice” system of this country.

This is unjust and illegitimate. It must be stopped, and the movement to stop it will be taking a huge leap forward in October, 2014. A strategizing session held in New York City brought together people from many different backgrounds from all across the country last week, and a Call for a Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation was issued at this session.

The strategy session was hosted by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network. 90 people participated in the session, including family members of police murder victims, formerly incarcerated people, family members of people currently incarcerated, people involved in struggle against inhumane conditions in immigrant detention centers, students, attorneys, media people, ministers, immigrants from several different continents. There were Asians, Blacks, Latina/os and whites assembled to flesh out a vision of the Month of Resistance and develop a plan for making it as powerful as possible. People came from California, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Connecticut and or course, NY to participate in this session.

This session envisioned October as a month of powerful manifestations of determined resistance to mass incarceration, including: nationwide demonstrations on October 22, the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation; a major concert and other cultural expressions, panels and symposiums on campuses and neighborhoods, sermons in churches, mosques and synagogues and more. It will be a month that involves thousands and thousands of people in standing together and saying NO MORE to the horrors being enforced on millions of people by the monstrous system of mass incarceration in this country.

If you are someone who is forced to live your life under the threat of mass incarceration and all its consequences, you must join us in acting in October. If you are someone who understands how wrong all this is, how much it devastates the lives of so many people, you must join us in acting in October. Join us in making October a month of powerful resistance that can awaken millions to these horrors and challenge them to join in acting to make it NO MORE.

Stop Mass Incarceration Network * Email: stopmassincarceration@gmail.com
Web: www.stopmassincarceration.net * Twitter: @StopMassIncNet * Phone: 347-979-SMIN (7646)
 
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WE SAY NO MORE!

A CALL FOR A MONTH OF RESISTANCE TO MASS INCARCERATION,

POLICE TERROR, REPRESSION AND THE CRIMINALIZATION OF A GENERATION!

For 2 generations, Black and Latina/Latino youth in the U.S. have been shipped off to prison in numbers never before seen anywhere in the world at any time. More than 2 million people, of all nationalities languish in prison -- ten times the number 50 years ago. The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prison population! More than 60% of those in U.S. prisons are Black or Latina/o. 32% of Black men between the ages of 20 and 29 are in prison or on parole or probation on any given day. More than 80,000 people in prison are held in solitary confinement under conditions that fit the international definition of torture.

The incarceration of women has increased by 800% over the last 30 years. They, along with those whose sexual orientation is not “mainstream” or who are gender non-conforming -- lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex prisoners -- face extremely harsh and abusive treatment in prison, including widespread rape. Alongside this has risen a massive program of criminally prosecuting undocumented immigrants, essentially hidden from public view. As a result of the devastation of their homelands, these immigrants have been driven to this country to work without papers, and today they are being criminalized. The US chastises other countries for human rights violations, yet it enmeshes the lives of tens of millions of people in its criminal “injustice” system. The courts, cops, prisons and La Migra all play a part in enforcing mass incarceration. There are genocidal aspects and a genocidal logic to this program, and it has been gathering momentum. All this is intolerable, and, if it isn’t stopped, it will get much worse!

Mass incarceration has grown beside the criminalization of whole peoples; a situation in which every African-American or Latina/o is a permanent suspect – treated as guilty until proven innocent by police and racist vigilantes, if they can survive to prove their innocence. This is especially concentrated among the youth, starting with cops in schools, arresting children for things that used to mean a visit to the principal’s office at worse, putting youth on a trajectory from school to prison. Black and Latina/o youth have a target on their backs in this society. Literally tens of millions of lives have been scarred and worse – both the direct victims and their families and communities. People who heroically resisted these and other injustices have been imprisoned, some of them for decades. These political prisoners must be freed.

The malignancy of mass incarceration did not arise from a sudden epidemic of crime. Nor did it result from people making poor personal choices. Instead it arose from cold political calculations made in response to the massive and heroic struggle for the rights of Black and other minority peoples that took place in the 1960’s and 70’s, and in response to the enormous economic and social changes brought about by globalized production. This cancer of mass incarceration has been, from the beginning, nothing but a new Jim Crow in place of the old one. Like the old Jim Crow, it drew on, fed off and reinforced the deep-seated roots of the racism that grew up with slavery. Like the old Jim Crow, it has been, from the beginning, unjustifiable, utterly immoral and thoroughly illegitimate.

This must stop – NOW! Not the next generation, not in ten years, not any time off in some promised future that never seems to come. NOW!

But it will not stop unless and until millions of people, of all nationalities, stand up and say NO MORE, in unmistakable terms. The history of this and every other country shows that without struggle, there can be no positive change; but with struggle this kind of change becomes possible.

It is not enough to oppose this in the privacy of your own conscience or the company of like -- minded people. It is not enough to curse this out, but then tell yourself nothing can be done. If you live your life under this threat, you MUST act. If you understand how wrong this is and how much it devastates the lives of so many millions, you MUST act.

NOW is the time to act. People are beginning to awaken and stir. Resistance has begun: Heroic hunger strikes by people in prisons and detention centers and outpourings in response to murders by police and racist vigilantes. Prisoners in solitary confinement in California declared a cessation of racial hostilities as Black, Latino and white prisoners came together to resist the torture of solitary confinement. All this must be taken to a much higher level. We call for a massive Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration in October of this year; a Month that can impact all of society; one that can open the eyes of millions of people to the need to end this new Jim Crow.

In October, 2014, our resistance to mass incarceration must reverberate across the country and around the world. There must be powerful demonstrations nationwide on October 22, the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. Throughout October there must be panels and symposiums on campuses and in neighborhoods; major concerts and other cultural expressions; ferment in the faith communities, and more -- all aimed at taking the movement to STOP mass incarceration to a much higher level. October, 2014, must be a month that makes clear that thousands and thousands are willing to stand up and speak out today and to awaken and rally forth millions. It must be the beginning of the end of the mass incarceration in the U.S. To that end:

  • We the undersigned pledge to make October, 2014, as powerful as possible;
  • We pledge to support resistance to this monstrous system of mass incarceration between now and October; and
  • We pledge to utilize October as a launching pad to go still further, mobilizing more people until mass incarceration and the criminalization of entire peoples really is NO MORE!
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To Contribute to the October 2014 Month of Resistance and/or Make a Tax-Deductible Contribution,    

  Hear Carl Dix on the Michael Slate Show on KPFK on 3-28-14 on the Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration 


From Carl Dix:

Why Did Cornel West and I Propose a Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration in October 2014?

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Stop Mass Incarceration Calls for Month of Resistance This Is Utterly Immoral and Thoroughly Illegitimate

From an interview with Carl Dix, from the Revolutionary Communist Party and an initiator of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network.
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Revolution Interview:

Maru Mora Villalpando: Support the Immigrant Hunger Strikers! Stop the Deportation

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Interview with Carl Dix

The System Says Black Life Has No Value—There MUST Be a Response

Carl Dix, from the Revolutionary Communist Party and an initiator of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, discusses the mistrial in the case of Michael Dunn, who murdered Jordan Davis in Florida.

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Detained Immigrants Launch Hunger Strike:

Support Detainees Putting Their Lives on the Line

Carl Dix on the courageous action by immigrant detainees in Tacoma, Washington, to demand improvements in conditions and for Obama to sign an order halting deportations.

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Immigrants on Hunger Strike: Seeking a Better Life, but "Treated Like Animals"

Letter from a reader who talked to relatives of detainees at the Tacoma, Washington, center where detainees are on hunger strike.

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Stop Mass Incarceration Network Calls for Month of Resistance in October

In an excerpt from a recent interview with Revolution, Carl Dix discusses an important initiative that the Stop Mass Incarceration Network has called for this October—a month of resistance against mass incarceration. Read More


February 26: Day of Outrage and Remembrance for Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis
Defiant Actions Around the Country Declare: No More!
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Reports from February 26

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The Crimes Against Women at Tutwiler Prison

In May 2012, Equal Justice Initiative filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department, calling for a quick and thorough federal investigation into widespread sexual abuse of women prisoners by male guards at Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama.
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Interview with Attorney Charlotte Morrison

Rampant Sexual Abuse of Women at Tutwiler Prison for Women in Alabama

Revolution speaks with Charlotte Morrison, senior attorney with the Equal Justice Initiative, about the widespread abuse of women prisoners by guards at Tutwiler prison in Alabama.

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The Horror of Jailing of Mentally Ill People Under Capitalism—And How Things Could Be Radically Different

A reader contrasts how in the U.S., the only way for many mentally ill people to get medical treatment in jail, with the radically different way mental illness and other health problems were dealt with in revolutionary socialist China.

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Albuquerque: Police Execute Homeless Man for Illegal Camping

Cold-blooded murder under the color of authority—that's what is made unmistakably clear if you watch the YouTube video of the killing of a homeless man by the police in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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  Interview with Lisa Bloom on her new book - Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It   on the Michael Slate Show.

 


Hoodies up for Trayvon: Two years later 
Amsterdam News 

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New!  More Photos and Audio of Feb. 26 in New York


Rally in Birmingham marks anniversary of Trayvon Martin Death


Hoodies up for Trayvon: Two years later


Bet.com - A day of Outrage for Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis  Watch Clip


News Coverage of Feb. 26 on Democracy Now

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News Coverage of Feb 26 in Atlanta Journal - Constitution  
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Wednesday, March 19 at 9:30am in EDT

Cecily McMillan is a New York City-based activist and student. While visiting Zucotti Park on 3/17/2012, a police officer grabbed her breast from behind and lifted her into the air. The police proceeded to throw her to the ground, beating her into a seizure. She is now being charged with felony assault of a police officer, facing up to seven years in prison.

Here is the link to the facebook event page for her trial: https://www.facebook.com/events/732227263455605/